I have this snippet:

<span><a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>/writer/<?php echo get_comment_author_link(); ?>"><?php echo get_comment_author_link(); ?></a></span>

I am displaying the username of the author but it's weird because it works well on the posts... Beneath the post, the username is linked like /writer/username, which is fine, but beneath the comment, the username is linked like /writer/Username. So for example, a user is called Blackboy 3 , than beneath the post it gets /writer/blackboy-3, beneath the comment it gets /writer/Blackboy 3. This makes a problem... Because if there is a post called Blackboy 3, than the link beneath the comment gets me to the post instead of the author page.

Why is this? And how can I solve it?


Simple solution drop this in your functions.php

function your_get_comment_author_link () {
    global $comment;

    if ($comment->user_id == '0') {
        if (!empty ($comment->comment_author_url)) {
            $url = $comment->comment_author_url;
        } else {
            $url = '#';
    } else {
        $url = get_author_posts_url($comment->user_id);

    echo "<a href=\"" . $url . "\">" .get_comment_author () . "</a>";

If the user is registered this will link to /writer/username, if they are not it will either link to their url or to # if they haven't provided one.

Obviously to use it you'll want use it in your code using

<span><?php your_get_comment_author_link() ?></span>

Taken from Johan suggestion in comments.

  • Yes, but it should link to the author page, right? What links there? How should I make it work? – user1770896 Jul 31 '13 at 10:36
  • I just updated the post with that it will link to the /writer/username unless the user provided a different URL when they commented if you allow public comments. I believe for registered users it will always link to /writer/username. – Mark Davidson Jul 31 '13 at 10:38
  • That's incorrect. There is no anchor that will link. It just displays the author name... If I put in an anchor, it just makes it the same. Blackboy 2 instead of blackboy-2 – user1770896 Jul 31 '13 at 10:41
  • core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/3.5.2/wp-includes/… should definitely have the anchor if a URL is available. – Mark Davidson Jul 31 '13 at 10:45
  • 1
    No problem full credit to @Johan for the suggestion. – Mark Davidson Jul 31 '13 at 11:08

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